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Summer is just around the corner - Here are the Top 7 summer safety hazards:
As reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics
Playgrounds: Injury facts – children who fall off climbing equipment, slides, and swings usually injure their face, head, or arms. Safety check - preschool-age children shouldn’t be more than four feet off the ground. Make sure surfaces are cushioned, equipment maintained, and no exposed bolts or open “s” hooks.
Heat exposure: Illness facts - Children can develop heat exhaustion and become seriously dehydrated when in the hot sun for too long. Symptoms include pale skin, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. Kids under four years old are especially at risk in high temperatures. Safety check – Keep children indoors during heat waves. Make sure they have plenty of fluids even if kids say they are not thirsty. NEVER leave a child in a car, which can heat up quickly.
Fireworks: Injury facts – fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that lead to partial or complete blindness. Sparklers can burn the skin and ignite clothing. Safety check – Don’t use or let your children use or be around any fireworks, including sparklers. Instead, visit a public display run by professionals.
Bicycles: Injury facts: Kids often crash into obstacles or lose control of their bikes, but the most serious injuries occur when children are struck by cars. Safety check – Make sure your child wears a helmet every time they ride a bike. It should be snug and level with the forehead. Do not let children ride in the street before the age of 10, and teach riders to look both ways before crossing the driveway or streets.
Skateboards and Scooters: Injury facts – head injuries and wrist fractures are a common occurrence. Kids are most likely to get hurt when they are first learning to ride, ride too fast, or attempt tricks. Safety check – Safety gear is a must! Helmets, wrist guards, non-slip shoes, elbow pads, and knee pads should be worn, and no child under 5 years should use skateboards or scooters.
Lawn Mowers: Too many tragic accidents happen when a child falls off a riding lawn mower or is accidentally run over. Safety check – Keep all children far away from the mowing area. Always look around the mower before putting into motion, especially when backing up.
Food Poisoning: Illness facts – Bacteria grow quickly in perishable food that is left out too long. Symptoms resemble stomach flu: nausea, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, fever and bloody stool. Safety check – Make sure food is cooked thoroughly. Wash your hands often, and never leave food out for more than an hour when it’s hot outside. Store food in a well insulated cooler with plenty of ice when outside at picnics and barbecues.
Always seek the advice from your own doctor regarding questions or issues you have regarding your own health or the health of others.